Matanhy Saldanha statue unveiled at Cansaulim Today by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Matanhy’s 66th Birth Anniversary 24th Oct. 2014
The unveiling ceremony was to start at 4 pm sharp but Parrikar arrived around 4.25.
After a brief welcoming speech, Parrikar unveiled the statue at 4.35pm followed by a welcome song/dance.
At 4.44pm They invited VIP guests on stage starting with CM Parrikar, followed by South Goa MP Sawaikar, Avertano Furtado and Alina saldanha at this time 4.46 it started raining heavily and all chairs were empty as people ran for shelter. It was raining on the stage too as the organiser did not provide waterproof roof top such as tarpaulin (in Cansaulim/Velsao only it did rain around 12.30pm on the day). By 5pm everything was abandoned what they spoke nobody undertood or heard by the people as it was raining and also all sound system was covered to protect from rain. Truck came for filling up chairs and they did their job in the rain while people still waiting for rain to stop to go home. Rain stopped only after 5.30pm.
Fr. Braz Faleiro, Pascoal Dias (Former GRE President) and Agnelo Rodrigues were felicitated
The whole event including the cost of statue was supposed to at GRE or Ramponkars’s cost.
Chief Minister and other ministers, MPs presence made people think as if it was a state’s expenditure. .
Politicians present on the dais were CM Manohar Parrikar, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar, (North Goa MP and Minister Shripad Naik did not turn up), Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado, Forest Minister Alina Saldanha, BJP state President Vinay Tendulkar. Others who could not make it on stage (due to rains) were Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, Sanguem MLA Subash Phaldesai etc
The pedestal appears to be larger/wider than the statue.
People gathered there were served with snack boxes worth Rs.40-50
consisting cake, Frooti and Pattice
Watch the video and enjoy the rains too
Statue covered with Parrikar
Welcome song / Dance
Rains/Umbrellas on stage / dais
Manohar Parrikar, MP Sawaikar, Avertano
Rain clouds above
Rain, umbrella, people, empty chairs, shelter
Cake frooti and Pattice
Sir Matanhy Saldanha's last journey / Funeral - Pics and videos